What is an on-campus internship (OCI)?
- Ideally, OCIs are student led (company and/or mentor advised) fifteen-week projects sponsored/funded by companies interested in hiring BYU students.
- The projects are real world problems faced by the companies today.
- The students will use the tools they are learning in their programs to create an insightful problem resolution to the project proposed by the company.
- A company sponsor will provide direction to the team and a graduate (e.g. MBA) mentor may, at the option of the company sponsor, be hired as an advisor to the team.
So how is an OCI different than a case in class?
- No matter how realistic a case is designed, it is always going to be somewhat contrived and condensed.
- OCIs are real problems with all of the realities of the marketplace, companies with their rules and cultures, and team members with their diverse ideas.
- This isn’t practice anymore, you have to line up a number of tools and have them work together to solve a business problem or do real business work.
- Companies want to see energetic and enthusiastic workers with new and innovative insights, not the same rehashed approaches of the past.
What's in it for the company?
- The company will receive work output throughout the semester and a final report and recommendation from the student team.
- They will receive insight from students which are being trained in the most recent techniques.
- They may have the assurance the recommendation has been reviewed by an MBA as a credibility check.
- They will have contact, far beyond an interview, with future recruiting candidates that they could hire.
- The cost of the study (free or nominal charge for MBA mentor) is an economical option to develop recommendations for the defined problem.
What's in it for the on-campus internship student?
- A real world experience in the area of their studies.
- A fabulous resume builder and focused on future career.
- Interaction on a personal level with company contacts who are experienced in their future career field and that may recommend or hire students.
- An opportunity to solve problems with the tools they are learning, where there is no answer already defined.
- Developing team work skills in a real world setting.
- Gaining real live “Game Experience” instead of one more practice session developing future skills.
- Developing attributes that matter most to recruiters.
- A three credit hour class held on campus during the fall and winter semesters
- Students come from BYU Marriott or other colleges as needed for the project description
- Students work nine hours per week (three credits times three hours per credit)
- Students are assigned work requested by business sponsor
- We seek to assign students work related to their major or emphasis of study/future employment
How will teams work together?
- Homogeneous and Heterogeneous (cross functional) teams formed of students to work on projects
- Work teams can plan specific hours to work together each week
- Sponsors assign work projects with specific deliverables and required time frames for completion
- Sponsors and teams use a number of technological tools to communicate and provide deliverables
- Team leaders are assigned to dispense the workload to the team (most team leaders are student who have served a previous internship)
- Students can take the course a second time as a team leader to develop leadership experience and enhance their resume
- Graduate students may serve as mentors to the team and team leaders (at the option of company sponsors)